Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday on Captiva Island

We have been on Captiva Island since Saturday.
I can't post any pictures until we get home because I don't have a way to download them at the moment.  I can download some from the internet however.  
Here we are on a Tuesday afternoon.
We just got back from a shopping trip to the Captiva General Store.
It is very, very expensive to buy just the normal, every day items here. 
 Not as expensive as at the "Captiva Provision Company"!!  We made a pit stop there as well.  I thought it would be fun to buy something a bit different than our usual fare to cook-up.  Definitely catered to the people who could afford the 2 million dollar homes!
Decided that good old hot dogs were just fine!!!
We did buy some great ice-cream for dessert.  We have become hooked on Queenie's Ice-cream.
 is all that I can say.
My personal favorite is "Black Raspberry Chip".

We haven't done anything very exciting on our vacation.  
A lot of swimming.
Some walking on the beach.
Eaten out at a few interesting restaurants.
I watched several episodes of "The Waltons" one afternoon.
Watching the sunset.
And did I mention.......swimming????

Samuel has loved the swimming pool.
We jump in the pool at about 9:30am for a couple of hours.
We jump in the pool at about 2:00pm for a couple of hours.
That is, if we aren't at the beach.....swimming in the ocean!
We finish off the day by jumping in the pool after dinner for about an hour.
Yep, it is a tough life.
Jessica has spent 99%  of the vacation time on the computer or sleeping.
She has done a little bit of swimming...........

I was worried about the pool.  I was worried that we would be forever pulling Samuel away from it, stopping him from jumping in.  But, no.  He has been very good.  He sits by the pool and waits for us to come and get in.

Samuel has been talking, talking, and talking.  There has only been one meltdown.
It has been a good few days.

Yesterday, Samuel and I were floating around the pool.
Samuel, "Go home?"
Mum, "Not yet, a few more days, why?"
Samuel, "Blue."
Mum, "Do you miss Blue?"
Samuel, "Blue is looking."
Mum, "Blue is looking?"
Samuel, "Blue is looking for Sam."

I must admit, I do miss the big, yellow dog.
I don't miss his fur all over the place, but I do miss him.
I swept the floor this morning and there was only a tiny bit of dirt in the dustpan, not mounds and mounds of dog hair!

I love my family.  I love spending time with them.  Looking forward to Joshua and Courtney joining us on Thursday!

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Well, today was actually yesterday, but I didn't have a computer to work with.  Soooo, I am blogging about
Yesterday we loaded up the car.  When I say loaded, I mean that not another thing could have possibly fitted into it, made a few pit stops and then drove down to Captiva Island.
Our first pit stop was to drop Blue off at the dog boarding kennel.  We have never done this before and we hope that he will have a good week there.
Our second pit stop was for food.  We are Purdys and we need food to sustain us on a long drive.
Our third pit stop was the cemetery to wish Emma a happy birthday.  Emma would have been seven.  Each year I think it is getting easier to put the bunch of pink roses on her headstone.  Each year I tell myself that it is getting isn't.

Then, we drove to Captiva Island.
It was an uneventful drive.  There were quite a few very bad drivers on the road and quite a few accidents on the way, but, uneventful for us.

We arrived around 4pm and were very, very happy with
The Mermaid House

We jumped in the pool as soon as we arrived.  Samuel did not want to get out!  After a throw together dinner we walked to the beach.
We arrived just in time to see the sun set into the gulf.  It was beautiful.....the sun looked like it was just melting into the water.

It was a fitting end to a good day.
Standing on the beach, watching the sun sink into the ocean, watching our little boy chasing the tide as it ebbed in and out.
Thinking of Emma and wondering if she was thinking of us.